Tackle Review: Shasta Tackle’s Flasher Release

Ultra Release

This month’s hot tackle review is Shasta Tackle’s “Shasta Flasher Release.” This is a unique ball troll release combination which will prove to be a must have as the water warms up with summer. Most ball trolls will stop being effective when a release is attached to the end. The reason for this is that once the rod is loaded, the blades are pulled up at an angle so they can not rotate properly; killing the action. The unique design of this ball troll has the blades separated from the main cable by a set of snap swivels which enables the blades to spin free of the cable no matter what angle is created by the tension put on the troll by the rod above. Because each blade is attached by a snap swivel, you can also change out the size and color of the blades making this an even more versatile piece of rigging. The unit comes with your choice of either the small Scotty release or the Shasta’s Ultra release or you can replace it with your own favorite.

I have run this piece of equipment since I received my demo’s from Shasta Tackle at last years Sportsmen’s Show in Portland. I liked them so well that I now run them on all of my downriggers whether stacked or not. The lower unit is snapped into the downrigger weight and the upper is snapped on using a small stacker clip.

My fishing partner has started making his own since he is a do it yourself kind of guy. He has been using cable to put his together which makes them all but bomb proof with large blades of various types and colors. So for the guy that likes to make his own, the sky is the limit!

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Kent Cannon

About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures.

I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me.

I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me!

That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

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